The life ban which was imposed on former India fast bowler S Sreesanth has set aside by the Supreme Court. 

Former India pacer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth finally got relieved from the Supreme Court on Friday when the Supreme Court canceled the decision of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to impose a life ban for his involvement in the IPL spot-fixing controversy in 2013.

However, the two-member bench which was comprised of Justice Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph urged the disciplinary committee of the BCCI to reconsider his punishment. The bench further made it clear that the pacer will get the opportunity to say his thoughts in front of the committee on the quantum of the punishment.

Meanwhile, the court has rejected Sreesanth’s appeal that he should not be punished at all for his wrongdoings.

While the BCCI said that the ban imposed was “fully sustainable in law”, Sreesanth’s lawyer Salman Khurshid shared, “Life ban given to Mohammed Azharuddin (former India captain) was overturned. Pakistan’s Salim Malik got a life ban but it was overturned. Hansie Cronje was given life ban but he died in a plane crash when proceedings were not closed.”

“If at all he is guilty of anything, it is for failure to disclose about fixing, etc, despite having knowledge. That will make him guilty only of the least punishable offence. There is nothing on record to warrant a lifetime ban,” Khurshid further added.

However, Kerala High Court’s division bench had reimposed the life ban on Sreesanth after BCCI’s petition on October 2017. Earlier, a single-judge bench of the court had also cancelled the ban and had urged BCCI to lift the ban. 

Sreesanth was arrested by the Delhi Police along with his teammates Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila for their alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scandal. Later life ban imposed on all three players by the BCCI.

In 2015, due to the absence of prima facie evidence, Sreesanth, Chandila, and Chavan were cleared of spot-fixing charges. However, the pieces of evidence were also insufficient evidence under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). Meanwhile,  Sreesanth had also said that the BCCI’s inquiry team had submitted the final report without hearing him.

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